City of North Vancouver Councillor Holly Back has announced re-election bid for North Vancouver City Council.
As the community works together to pull itself out of the pandemic and create a new normal, North Vancouver City Councillor Holly Back sees opportunity to create an even better community for residents and businesses.
“We need strong Council leadership to guide us through this time of renewal, to effectively manage challenges that arise along the way”, notes Back. “Working to ensure that our community is welcoming and inclusive for everyone, providing affordable housing options, supporting a diverse economy for businesses to grow and prosper, providing active and sustainable ways for people to move around the North Shore, and building a vibrant city where people can gather and connect is crucial.”
As a life-long North Vancouver resident, former small business owner, and two-term councillor, Back feels we are headed in the right direction, thought she notes that change can present challenges, however positive.
High on her list of goals is to complete construction of the new Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre and Silver Harbour Seniors Centre. Once opened in 2025, the new facilities will provide aquatics, skating and community gathering spaces for residents of all ages.
“I am so excited to finally see shovels in the ground for this project”, said Back. “I’ll work hard to ensure that this project stays on track and remains inclusive for everyone.”
Also important is creating affordable housing options for residents at all life stages. While the City has made considerable progress in this area, Back believes there is more work to do. She feels creativity and thinking ‘outside the box’ are key, such as working with developers to ensure below market housing, including lease-to-own options, are included with each development project. And exploring cost-sharing ownership and increasing coach house and secondary suites will benefit younger residents as well as allow seniors to age in place.
Advocating for youth is another priority for Back. “Our young residents have their own set of unique concerns,” she adds. “Climate change, zero waste initiatives, LGBTQ inclusion, medical and mental health accessibility and affordability are high on their list. I look forward to continuing our work with our younger community members to achieve their goals.”
“During my previous two terms on Council, we made some important decisions that will carry us through for generations. But our work is not done. With your support, I will build on that momentum, incorporate your thoughts and ideas, and bring my business-minded and common-sense approach to work for our community.”